The state of Alaska sued the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today, seeking a court order allowing it to go ahead with a controversial predator control program.
At issue is the state's plan to kill wolves to preserve a caribou herd inside the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge on Unimak Island, beginning as early as Tuesday.
The federal agency this week cautioned the state that killing the wolves without a special use permit would be considered "a trespass on the refuge" and immediately referred to the U.S. attorney.
The state is seeking a court order to kill wolves while the lawsuit continues.
A spokesman for the federal agency said he couldn't comment without seeing the lawsuit.
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